GREENCASTLE, Ind. - The 12-time collegiate track cycling national champion Marian University cycling team completed another competitive weekend at DePauw University.
Team Time Trial
The Knights went toe-to-toe with conference leader Lindsey Wilson College in both the men's A time trial and the men's B time trial. Two strong MU teams finished second and third in the A competition with the runner-up just six seconds off the pace. The Knights were able to earn points with a victory in the B time trial.
In the women's time trial, the Knights dominated the A event with a time of 13:01, and finished 1:48 in front of DePauw to earn the title. The Knights won the event and started the weekend with a great performance in the time trial.
Freshman Adam Kosela (Downer's Grove, Ill./South)
led the Knights in the men's B race after he earned a third-place finish. Freshman Sam Stone (North Freedom, Wis./Baraboo)
and sophomore Peter Deucher (Wakeman, Ohio/Firelands)
had strong showings with Stone finishing in 17th place and Deucher in 21st place.
Sophomore Sinead Miller (South Park, Pa./South Park)
led a team that was riding with a mission in the women's A race. Miller won her fifth race of the season, while freshman Jackie Kurth (Palm City, Fla./Martin County)
finished in fourth. Freshman Anna Young (Syracuse, N.Y./Madison West)
finished in ninth place, while junior Megan Somerville (Norwalk, Calif./Santa Fe)
finished in 12th place. Senior Rebecca Finley (Des Moines, Iowa/Home-schooled)
finished in 16th place, while junior Anna Sklorenko (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard)
finished in 23rd place to score points for MU.
In the showcase men's A race, freshman Weston Luzadder (Carmel, Ind./Carmel)
led a strong contingent of Knights with a fourth-place finish. Junior Alex Wieseler (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead)
finished in sixth place, while freshman Tyler Karnes (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory)
rounded out the top 10.
Sophomore Rob Bush (Louisville, Ky./Highlands Latin)
was lost early in the race to a crash, but senior David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central)
, sophomore Joe Kukolla (Indianapolis, Ind./Heritage Christian)
, and sophomore Zach McBride (Comstock, Mich./Comstock)
tried to reel in a Michigan State rider who slipped out in front on the final lap. That forced the Knights to set up a field sprint, with Luzadder, Wieseler, and Karnes leading the way across the line.
The MU women dominated the A criterium on Sunday. Miller, Young, and Kurth finished 1-2-3 with Finley and senior Sierra Siebenlist (Indianola, Iowa/Indianola)
finishing in sixth and seventh places, respectively. The team shattered the course record that they set last season by almost 50 seconds and came across the line together.
"The women were tenacious during a slippery crit," said head coach Dean Peterson
. "They got out fast and set the stage for a dominant performance early." While Miller had a great ride, Peterson praised Kurth and Young for being tough enough to earn the top three positions.
In the men's B criterium, Stone led the way for MU with a fourth-place finish, while Abal earned an eighth-place finish. Deucher finished in 13th place, while Kosela finished in 16th for the Knights.
The men's A race saw senior Matt Jones (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central)
get off the line like a bullet to create a carrot for everyone to chase. However, a break of eight riders formed with a single rider from UW-Platteville slipping off the front to make everyone chase harder for the remainder of the race. Williams finished in fourth, while Wieseler earned a sixth-place finish. Kukolla finished in seventh, while Jones hung on for a top 10 finish as well.
The Knights have now won four team competitions this season and are sitting in second in the overall standings for the MidWest Collegiate Cycling Conference. MU will head to Lindenwood University this weekend for the Lindenwood Weekend. The time trial and road race will be on Saturday, while the criterium will take place on Sunday.